R Kelly Chicago trial: Second day of Lisa Van Allen testimony continues

R. It didn’t take long for Kelly’s fiery defense attorney to strike when she finally got the chance to cross-examine one of the R&B superstar’s most prominent, longtime accusers.

Before Lisa Van Allen even took a witness stand on Friday, prosecutors revealed that she suggested she not return to the Durksen Federal Courthouse to be questioned by Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonzen.

He said federal agents brought Van Allen into the building.

On the stand, Van Allen said “I never said I wasn’t coming” to court, adding that, “I didn’t want to come, and not coming, are two different things.”

Shortly after Bonjin began questioning Van Allen, he asked about an underage girl who was allegedly involved in a sexual encounter on tape with Kelly in 1998, then in her 30s, and Van Allen At the age of 18. Bonzen described the girl as a “person”. You have allegedly sexually assaulted me.”

Van Allen quickly broke down and said, “I’m not proud of that.”

“I am here to admit my wrongdoings and to hold her accountable for what she has done,” Van Allen said, referring to Kelly, before getting the best of her feelings.

Bonzen told Van Allen to “tell me when you’ve prepared yourself” and waited, seemingly impatiently, by the courtroom lecture. Van Allen wiped his eyes with tissues and tried to recover. Of.

Van Allen’s cross-examination came as prosecutors were concluding a narrative about Kelly’s alleged video poaching attempts in the early 2000s, when he faced prosecution in state court for child pornography was. Prosecutors say he then cheated his way to acquittal.

In his new trial, Kelly faces charges of child pornography, obstruction of justice, and implicating minors in criminal sexual activity. His former business manager, Darrell McDavid, and former assistant, Milton “June” Brown, are also on trial.

Kelly is already serving a 30-year federal prison sentence for a racketeering conviction last year in New York.

Featured prominently in the Lifetime documentary “Surviving Are Kelly,” Van Allen told jurors Thursday that she met Kelly in 1998 when she was 18 years old and moved to live with him in Chicago. She said that she agreed to do threesomes with Kelly and the others, although she did not like it. One person involved in such an encounter was a person referred to in court as “Jane”.

Van Allen said that Kelly reported that Jane was a neighbor who was 16, but Van Allen later realized that Jane was younger. Jen testified last week that Kelly began sexually abusing her when she was 14.

Kelly reportedly videographed his encounters with Jane and Van Allen. Then, in 2000, Van Allen said he found a similar scene on a VHS tape taken from Kelly’s duffle bag. She said she had sent the tapes to a friend named Keith Murrell. In 2007, she and Murrell reportedly collected a combined $200,000 from Kelly and McDavid to return the tapes. Van Allen also alleged that McDavid said that “he should have fainted” – or killed – “me from the start.”

During Van Allen’s cross-examination on Friday, Bonzen alleged that the Van Allen story was actually “about the money.” Van Allen said she didn’t want the tapes to come out, and admitted that Murrell told her that celebrity Kimora Lee Simmons wanted to buy tapes for a talk show.

Murrell, who is from Kansas City, Mo., took the stand later on Friday. He said he told Van Allen “I can sell it or something like that” because Van Allen “got mad when I played like this.”

Still, Bonjean took a dig at Van Allen, saying that a talk show would not buy child pornography. Bonzen alleged that the tapes actually included Kelly, Van Allen, and a “grown woman”.

“I was more worried about getting it back,” Van Allen said.

Murrell told jurors that in the early 2000s, Van Allen had sent a VHS tape to his mother’s house via FedEx or UPS. She said, “She wanted me to have her.”

He said he still has the tape in 2007, when people started contacting him about it. He said that he agreed to take it to Chicago, but also made a partial copy to bring with him on a CD. He said that he failed a lie-detector test ordered at the request of Kelly’s team, about whether he had made a copy of the tape, but McDavid nevertheless gave him $20,000 in cash, promising that If he brings back the original tapes.

Murrell said he later brought the tapes to Chicago, collected $80,000 and hugged McDavid, and was taken home with a friend in a BMW.

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